Mosquitoes, Zika, West Nile, Dengue, Chikungunya Oh My!

You will most likely get bitten by a mosquito while on any vacation to an island in the Caribbean – Jamaica is no exception. Besides Zika, Jamaica is home to Chikunhunya, Dengue, Yellow Fever and West Nile Virus as well as a few other diseases. Wondering how to stay safe in such an environment? First,…

Tree Frogs

Jamaica is home to many different species of amphibians but the one you will undoubtedly fall in love with is the tree frog. These frogs will come out in the early morning, during a good thunderstorm and especially every evening and at night to serenade you to sleep. The sounds will lull you into a…

Sea Urchins – Ow!

Sea Urchins are spiny sea creatures about the size of a baseball or softball. They are numerous in some locations and are usually found near coral or in the grassy areas of the water. Most of the sandy beaches are ok but you still need to be wary as the dead ones can be washed…

Sand Fleas! Ewwwaa!

Sand fleas are common on just about every beach on the planet – including Jamaica. They come out mostly at night but can also come out just after a good rain storm. A lot of people have blamed couples for “bed bugs” in their room when in fact they were bitten by sand fleas on…

Lizards

Lizards are all over the resorts in Jamaica. They are small and harmless. They are not the giant iguanas you see in Key West that have started to cause problems. One fun fact – lizards love scrambled eggs! They will not eat out of your hand like in this image, but if you see them…